Trooper Debra Teague
Troop K - Turnpike
Congratulations to Trooper Debra K. Teague for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for November 2007. Trooper Teague’s quick thinking and appropriate actions likely prevented the untimely death of a motorist involved in the traffic crash.
On November 21, 2007, while on routine patrol Trooper Teague encountered a serious bodily injury crash on State Road 91 in the area of the 180 mile-marker. As she approached two vehicles parked along the northbound shoulders, the motorists advised her that a car had left the roadway. Trooper Teague searched for and located the vehicle.
Trooper Teague approached the vehicle and discovered that the driver was still in the vehicle with serious injuries. The driver’s leg was nearly severed from her body and she was beginning to go into shock. Trooper Teague moved quickly, noted that the back of the driver’s leg still had a pulse, and immediately applied abrupt pressure. She administered care in excess of 30 minutes, until paramedics arrived. The driver was airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne. It is believed that the driver’s leg will still be useful after extended rehabilitative therapy.
Trooper Teague's actions made a difference regarding the final outcome of this crash with serious injuries. She is hereby commended for her brave and prudent actions, and is congratulated for being selected as the Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Month for November 2007.